ISS3 2012

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14TH DISTRICT CG Reservist "Channels" Her Inner Self understatementǤ as an active duty memberǤ policy related to the Dz s a ͵ǡ To say Yeoman Third Class (YN3) Paige Crimmin's life journey has been both diverse and exciting would be somewhat of an urrently assigned to the 14th istrict ȋ 14Ȍ egal fϐice as a drilling reservistǡ ͵ rimmin began her military career ollowing four years at small boat and aviation unitsǡ she left active duty and afϐiliated with the oast uard Reserve to pursue life as a full-time student athlete. In 2010 she was recalled to Coast Guard Headquarters to provide administrative support for those involved in creating and implementing oil spill disasterǤ pon release from activationǡ rimmin took advantage of her ostǦ911 eserve orce eadiness Ǥ Ǥ ill beneϐits to continue her education abroad in ew ealandǤ oving to ew ealand also provided her with the opportunity to pursue her passion for long distance swimming and her ultimate goal of swimming the English Channel. rimminǯs supervisor at 14ǡ mdrǤ isa chutz has no doubt that the young petty ofϐicer will accomplish what she sets out to doǤ etty fϐicer rimmin is gaining proϐiciency in her craftǡ working with during her drills and annual training period." Cmdr. Schulz goes on to add, "Given her passion for the Coast Guard Reserve and swimming competitivelyǡ she successfully manages to accomplish bothǡ commuting from ew ealand to ahu to complete her and competing in local swimming events wherever she goesǤ he is deϐinitely driven and dedicatedǤdz Former Hillie, Crimmin Conquers Arduous Cook Strait in New Zealand Note: rticle below reprinted ȋin partȌ with the permission of ave yer and the By Dave Dyer There are a lot of things you can say about Paige Crimmin, but there are some things that just don't apply. Crimmin is hardly a homebody and she is not one to shy away from a challenge. A resident of Haverhill, Mass., Crimmin went to Haverhill High as a freshman, but since then she's been on the go, transferring to St. Thomas in Dover so that she could more easily train with Seacoast Swimming Association under the guidance of Mike Parrato, a coach for Olympian Jenny Thompson, and then off to the west coast for college. A multi-event repeat state champion in New Hampshire, Crimmin joined the U.S. Military for Rescue Swimmer program in 2005 while continuing her education. She had started her college career at the University of San Diego as a Division 1 swimmer, got involved with the Coast Guard Reserve, getting called up when the BP oil spill created havoc in the Gulf Coast. n ebruary of ʹ011ǡ rimmin moved to ew ealand to ϐinish her college degree in primary school education at ictoria niversity in ellingtonǤ he moved to ew ealand for a new challenge and to explore a new culture. he also picked ew ealand because it is an ideal place to train for her ultimate goal, which is to swim the grueling English Channel. She has scheduled to attempt it in June of 2013. "It's been a goal of mine for a long time," said Crimmin. "I was attending Haverhill High my freshman year and told my English teacher that I will swim the Channel." n ew ealandǡ the conditions are ideal for all sorts of training and, last month it provided her with a great "warm-up,' a swim across Cook Strait, which is the channel that separates the North agleǦ ribune onǦlineǤ or full text visitǣ wwwǤeagletribuneǤcomȀsportsȀx1;622;3559Ȁ ormerǦ illieȀ rimminǦconquers ǦarduousǦ ookǦ traitǦinǦ ewǦ ealand from the South islands, where the Tasman Sea connects to the aciϐic ceanǤ Less than 100 people have ever swum the Cook Strait because it can take anywhere from 15-25 hours, the currents can be ferocious and the water is nearly freezing. Rarely deterred, Crimmin completed the Cook swim despite freezing temperatures and waves so big that the whole crew on a support boat got sick. The currents were so intense that she had to detour two miles down the coast to ϐinishǤ ̶ he toughest thing was not the distance, it was more the cold," said Crimmin. "Never in my life have I ever been exposed to freezing temperatures that shocked my bones on the ϐirst hit submergedǤ he ϐirst four hours were cold numbingǤ "The Cook Strait was a new challenge for me as well as a prep for the English Channel." As Crimmin prepares for the English Channel, she will continue to vary her workouts, similar to when she was training for the ook traitǤ iving in ew ealand allows her to do thatǤ "I really concentrated on a balance of swimming and outdoor activities, the main challenge being not to get bored and to be a well-rounded athlete." But Crimmin doesn't expect the Channel swim to end her physical adventures. She has an informal bucket list that revolves around travel. "I would love to explore Asia, travel India and make a difference," she said. "I like indulging in different cultures in a positive manner like building a school or teaching and writing in Japan." For Crimmin, life is just one big adventure and she'd like to keep it that way. *TTVF t ᕇ RESERVIST 15 ystem staff and 14 legal eserve obligations

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